Ha Noi, 26 November 2010

ASEAN expresses grave concern over the artillery shelling exchange that occurred on 23 November 210 on the Korean Peninsula and regrets the loss of innocent lives and damage of property.

ASEAN is opposed to the use of threat of force in international relations.

ASEAN urges the parties concerned to exercise utmost restraint, find ways to build confidence, resolve disputes by peaceful means and negotiations, and strive for lasting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, which is of critical importance to all of East Asia.